Author Archive: Karen Batra

Karen Batra

Karen Batra is Director of Food & Agriculture Communications, and has worked for BIO since 2008.   Having lived in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Karen has worked for four major national trade associations specializing in communications and media relations, most recently at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

What Karen likes best about BIO, aside from her uber-talented colleagues, is working to promote a technology that truly helps to heal, feed and fuel the world.  In the food & ag sector, we aim to help farmers do what they do best – grow the most abundant, most affordable and safest food supply in the world.

Karen’s favorite biotech food is papaya, and her favorite genetically engineered animal is the spidey-goat.  Karen also has two Glofish, Redfish and Bluefish, who live with their non-biotech cousin, Peachy the Snail.

Latest Posts

Science Committee Hearing Examines the “Science of Zika”

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From yellow fever, to dengue fever, to Nile Virus – humans are constantly under siege from new mosquito-transmitted diseases.” – House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a hearing to examine the science of the Zika virus and the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the disease. During the “Science of Zika: The DNA of an Epidemic,” experts testified on the science Read More >

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We’ve Just Planted the World’s 5-Billionth Acre of GM Crops

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The world’s farmers have passed a remarkable milestone: We’ve just planted the world’s 5-billionth acre of genetically modified crops. We don’t know exactly where it happened or even on what day it occurred. But we know that it must have taken place this spring, probably in the northern hemisphere, according to statistics maintained by the Global Farmer Network (formerly Truth About Trade & Technology), which has tracked the global planting and harvesting of these remarkable Read More >

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We Can Wipe Out Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

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BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood wrote an op-ed in Florida’s Sun Sentinel on the genetically engineered Oxitec mosquito, which promises to reduced mosquito populations and lessen the threat of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika: The Centers for Disease Control has now confirmed a link between the Zika virus and infants born with microcephaly, increasing the urgency of finding a cure before the height of the mosquito season. Although scientists have made significant progress in Read More >

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TTIP: Don’t Forget About Agriculture

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Trade representatives from the U.S. and European Union (EU) are meeting in New York this week to discuss and debate next steps for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Agriculture is one of the many topics being conferred on during these talks and has become a top priority for negotiators. On Monday, April 25, Politico reported that in advance of this meeting, 26 senators sent a bipartisan letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Read More >

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Food & Ag Groups Urge Support for Biotech Education Provision

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As the House Committee on Appropriations marks up the FY2017 agriculture spending bill, the Committee is considering $3 million for consumer education and outreach to “promote understanding and acceptance of” biotechnology, a joint effort by the FDA and the USDA. In a letter sent April 18 to Congressional leaders, BIO, along with 65 food and agricultural organizations urge support for the provision “to better inform the public about the application of biotechnology to food and Read More >

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